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Conferees cultivate plan to resolve differences in agriculture and broadband legislation

Only $1.6 million separates the 2022-23 biennial spending requests in the House and Senate versions of the bill, which are $169.5 million and $167.9 million, respectively.

Conferees find House wants renewables, Senate health reinsurance

It’s not as much about how much money, but where to spend it. That’s the key difference House and Senate conferees are discussing in the omnibus commerce, consumer protection, and energy policy and finance bills that each chamber produced.

Differences in omnibus housing bills highlighted in first conference committee meeting

The House version of the omnibus housing bill would increase protections for renters and bolster funding for state housing programs.

Public safety omnibus bill conferees start task of resolving major differences in policy provisions

The House and Senate have a $46 million difference in the amount each body proposes to fund the Department of Public Safety in the upcoming biennium.

Omnibus veterans and military affairs bill — including last-minute amendments — gains approval

Despite a last-minute amendment receiving a cool reception from Republicans, the omnibus veterans and military affairs finance and policy bill has been approved by a House committee.

Week in Review: March 22-26

The 2021 legislative session began 81 days ago which, depending on your perspective, may seem like the blink of an eye or an eternity. Either way, the House and Senate will ...

Omnibus legacy bill steps into the spotlight

Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment is roughly at its halfway point. In 2008, state voters chose to increase their sales taxes by 0.375% and dedicate the proceeds to four funds. Th...

Relatives may no longer be able to oversee at-home driver’s knowledge tests

HF1692 would forbid relatives, including spouses, fiancés, grandparents, parents, children, siblings or legal guardians, from acting as proctors.

Act aims to change how corrections system measures inmate success while behind bars

The act would expand the types of rehabilitative programs prison inmates would receive, and allow inmates to earn early release upon completing certain objectives in those programs.

Customized living program for adults with disabilities could see funding boost

Sponsored by Rep. Kelly Moller (DFL-Shoreview), HF2153 would appropriate $2 million during the 2022-23 biennium to support the Customized Living Quality Improvement grant program.

Electric vehicle drivers could get a charge out of visiting county buildings

County government centers would be destinations where you could boost your battery under a bill sponsored by Rep. Greg Boe (R-Chanhassen).

Elections panel hears bill requiring early voting instructions in languages other than English

Sponsored by Rep. Jay Xiong (DFL-St. Paul), HF158 would require the Office of the Secretary of State to prepare in-person absentee-voting — or early voting — instructions in languages other than English.

Racial equity impact note could be needed for proposed legislation

HF2297 would require the Legislative Budget Office, upon request from a committee’s chair or ranking minority party member, to coordinate completion of a racial equity impact note.

House lawmakers pass extension of COVID-19 workers' comp presumption for certain workers

HF1203 builds off a 2020 law that created the presumption for health care workers, public safety employees and workers providing emergency child care.

House passes recall protections for laid-off hospitality workers

A bill requiring shuttered hospitality businesses to notify laid-off workers when they reopen, and rehire them to positions for which they are qualified before turning to new workers, has passed the House.

House passes measure prohibiting employers from asking about past salaries

Minnesota employers would be prohibited from asking about past salaries under HF403, passed 80-51 by the House Thursday.

House passes paid sick and safe time mandate

The House has passed legislation that would require employers to provide workers with at least one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked.

Some critical habitat license plate revenues could get new uses

HF1877, sponsored by Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South St. Paul), would dedicate revenue from the fish-and-angler plate to aquatic-management purposes and revenue from the pollinator plate to the planting of pollinator friendly vegetation on residential lawns.

House panel OKs expedited police release of deadly force video footage to family of victims

HF1103 would require law enforcement agencies to release unedited body camera recordings of deadly force incidents to the deceased person’s family and representatives within 48 hours of the incident.

Lawmakers take first steps toward land bridge over I-94 reconnecting St. Paul's Rondo neighborhood

HF2169 would fund the initial steps of constructing a land bridge over a stretch of Interstate 94 through St. Paul to reconnect the Rondo neighborhood.

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